Turkmenistan president, Iran’s foreign minister discuss cooperation priorities

ASHGABAT (TCA) — President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov received Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported on May 13.

The guest conveyed greetings to the President of Turkmenistan from Iran President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei, who once again confirmed the interest in developing bilateral cooperation.

President Berdymukhamedov emphasized that the interstate dialogue, bounded with the ties of friendship and good neighborliness, was filled with the new content and underlined the potential for widening the efficient partnership in various spheres.

The Turkmen leader and his guest exchanged the views on the prospects of the interstate partnership. In this context, the role of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Iranian commission on economic cooperation as an efficient mechanism to diversify bilateral relations was emphasized.

The President of Turkmenistan and the IRI Minister of Foreign Affairs exchanged views on the status and opportunities for cooperation in the key areas, including transport and communication.

They also discussed cooperation in the fuel and energy sector, opening up wide opportunities given the favorable geographical position of the two countries and a huge resource potential.

One of the topics for discussion was cooperation in the Caspian Sea. In this context, the Iranian minister stressed the importance of the initiatives put forward by the President of Turkmenistan at the 5th Summit of the Heads of the Caspian littoral states, held in Aktau in August 2018.

“Steadily implementing the foreign policy based on the principles of positive neutrality, good neighborliness and equal cooperation built on the balance of national and common interests, our country supports the development of constructive partnership in the Caspian Sea, both in the bilateral and multilateral format,” the head of Turkmenistan said.

Speaking about the significance of the upcoming First Caspian Economic Forum, which will be held in the Avaza National tourism zone on August 12, 2019, the Turkmen leader said that the Forum would facilitate an exchange of views on the implementation of the Agreement between the Governments of the Caspian states on trade and economic cooperation, signed on the outcomes of the V Summit of the heads of the Caspian states.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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